Join Align Technology for a FREE webinar to learn about the game changing features of the new Invisalign Outcome Simulator 4.0

Inspire your patients and ignite your practice with the Invisalign® Outcome Simulator, Progress Assessment and the iTero® Scanner!

When: Tuesday November 15, 2016

Time: 9:00 PST|11:00 CT|12:00 ET

Host: David Galler, DMD

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October 20, 2016

SAN JOSE, CA — (Marketwired) — 10/20/16 — Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) today announced new software upgrades for its market leading iTero® Element™ intraoral scanner and Invisalign® Outcome Simulator. The iTero Element scanner delivers scanning accuracy, reliability, speed and ease of use with restorative and orthodontic software options. Unlike third party scanners validated for Invisalign case submission, only iTero scanners provide an optimized Invisalign scanning and treatment experience that includes the enhanced Invisalign Outcome Simulator 4.0 application now with Invisalign 3D Progress Tracking and Patient Simulation Sharing. Additionally, the iTero Element 1.4 software upgrade includes color scanning, restorative pre-treatment scanning, and optimized orthodontic scanning. 

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First Impressions

Exploring the New iTero® Element™ Scanner with Dr. David Couchat


The iTero Element Scanner is the latest intra-oral imaging technology from Align Technology, Inc. Powered by a new touchscreen interface, the system offers a sleek, minimalist appearance. Both the software and hardware have been reengineered and redesigned from the base up. Another noteworthy change is the elimination of the foot-pedal, with all of the scanning inputs driven from the redesigned wand.

We recently caught up with Dr. David Couchat, a French orthodontist and frequent lecturer for Invisalign®, to talk about the new scanner. Dr. Couchat has been involved with the beta-testing of the iTero Element Scanner, and has been using it on his Invisalign cases for a number of months.

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Digital Citizen

The Digital Practice and the iTero® Element™ Scanner
Based on presentations given by Dr. Francesco Garino.


You refer to your practice as a ‘digital’. How did you get to this point?
When I first considered going digital, I felt like I was looking at a maze. It was overwhelming. So I broke it down to three basic questions. How will it impact my workflow? How will it impact my patients? How will it impact my staff? The more I looked at it, the more the words time and efficiency kept coming up.

For me, the scanner was a way to close the loop on what was already a digital practice. With the scanner, I was not only adding a new tool to my clinical repertoire, but anticipating potential needs and trends with my patients. I don’t want to work quickly, but I want to work efficiently. These were the things I had in mind when I sat down with my business partner, who was also my dad, to discuss whether a digital scanner made sense.

Ultimately we decided yes, and so we went with the iTero. At the time, it was the only scanner with certified interoperability with Invisalign®.

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Beyond the First Impression

Dr. Jörg Schwarze Explains the Hidden Benefits of Digital Impressions


It’s no secret that digital impression systems like the new iTero® Element™ Scanner are light-years ahead of the traditional, tray-and-putty impression process. The accuracy of digital impressions is considered beyond compare, while the actual process is significantly faster and less labor intensive. While enhanced accuracy, shorter procedures and more-consistent impressions are the primary benefits of upgrading to digital, there are some clinicians who think the secondary benefits might carry more value.

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